Erica Kuschel a RoamRight Blog Author

Easy To Follow Checklist For International Travel

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Traveling can be a stressful endeavor and traveling internationally is can be even worse. With all the additional things to keep track of, preparation can be difficult. To avoid an international flight mishap, here is a checklist of items to help keep yourself a little more organized when making your way to the airport.

1. Do you have your passport in an accessible place? During the checking in process and security, it is important to have this available. Does your passport have a minimum of 6 months left until the expiration date? Many countries do not allow you to fly in and get a visa if your expiration date is under that time period.

2. Have you applied for all the required visas necessary to get into your destination? Some countries will allow you to fly in and get a visa. Some require you to mail in certain documents. Have you researched entrance/exit fees and taxes?

3. Does the country you are flying into require a vaccination card? This is something that needs to be taken into consideration many weeks prior to your flight. Keep it near your passport.

4. Will you be using your cell phone? Do you have international data? Or will you need to pick up a SIM card in the country you are visiting? Do you pay for roaming? If you are unsure of any of the above, contact your provider to see what they can provide while on vacation.

5. Have you contacted your bank to let them know you are leaving the country? Many banks will put a hold on your card if they see charges from another country. Call them before you travel to set up a travel plan so you can access your money while abroad.

6. What kind of power outlets does the country use? Do you need an adapter or voltage converter? There are many countries that have higher voltages that can fry your electronics and travel accessories if you do not come prepared.

7. Can you overcome the language barrier and navigate the country? Download some apps or get a book to help with key phrases and maps. When in a foreign country, knowing some basic words and phrases can make the trip much more enjoyable and having a map is always handy.

8. Check your government's website for safety tips for the location you are visiting. While you can typically avoid issues in most countries using common sense, your consulate may have additional safety information about the country you will be visiting.

9. Research the local laws and customs to ensure proper travel etiquette. From not showing the bottom of your shoes to covering your head, knowing customs before heading into a country can help you keep a low profile and avoid offending the locals.

10. Did you get travel insurance? Have peace of mind knowing that your trip is taken care of. Whether it is medical or theft, it is nice to have coverage when heading into a foreign country. Some countries even require some sort of insurance to enter!

What other items would you add to the checklist? Comment below to let us know what you think!

About the Author

Erica Kuschel

Erica Kuschel, a RoamRight Blog Author Erica Kuschel is half of the duo at the adventure travel site, OverYonderlust.com. Erica traded her ‘normal’ existence in Austin, Texas for a life of new experiences around the world. Erica, who is a photographer by trade, likes to view the world through her lens.

Erica started Over Yonderlust in March of 2010, showcasing couple travel while maintaining a strong focus on photography, humor, videos, and writing with a trusted voice. She has been seen in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BBC, and The National Geographic Channel’s online blog. Erica has been a finalist two years running for the Bloggies (in both travel and photography categories) and taking home Hostelbookers Most Epic Photography Blog Award in November of 2012.

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